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ERIC Number: EJ1100267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Demonstration Show That Promotes and Assesses Conceptual Understanding Using the Structure of Drama
Walter Kerby, Holly; DeKorver, Brittland K.; Cantor, Joanne; Weiland, Marcia J.; Babiarz, Christopher L.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n4 p613-618 Apr 2016
Demonstration shows are a widely used form of Informal Science Education. While there is evidence that the shows are highly enjoyable, little work has been done to investigate the cognitive impacts of these shows. This article describes the development and production of "The Boiling Point," a show that uses the structure of a play to support investigation of a chemical concept. Evaluation of this show provides evidence that this alternative form of demonstration show is not only enjoyable, but also promotes positive attitudes toward science and increases the audience's understanding of the target concept, as demonstrated by recurring assessment of concept knowledge embedded within the show.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL0732142